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ACURA

Service Manual
1999-2003 3.2 TL
General Information

Chassis and Paint Codes-


1999 Model ........................................ 1-2

Chassis and Paint Codes-


2000 Model ........................................ 1-3

Chassis and Paint Codes-


2001 Model ........................................ 1-4

Chassis and Paint Codes-


2002 Model ........................................ 1-5

Chassis and Paint Codes- .


2003 Model ........................................ 1-6

Identification Number Locations ........ 1-7

Warning/Caution Label Locations ...... 1-8

Under-hood Emission
Control Label ..................................... 1-12

Lift and Support Points ........................ 1-14

Towing .................................................. 1-15

Parts Marking ..... .... .............. ............. ... 1-16

Revised Component Terms ................. 1-17


General Information

Chassis and Paint Codes - 1999 Model


Vehicle Identification Number Engine Number

19U UA5 6 4 * X A 000001 J32A1 - 1000001

IIIIIII1
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a. Manufacturer, Make and Type of Vehicle a. Engine Type


19U: HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC., U.S.A. J32A1: 3.2 ~ SOHC VTEC Sequential Multiport
ACURA Passenger vehicle Fuel-injected engine
b. Line, Body and Engine Type b. Serial Number
UA5: ACURA 3.2TL/J32A 1
c. Body Type and Transmission Type Transmission Number
6: 4-door Sedan/4-speed Automatic
d. Vehicle Grade (Series)
US model B7VA - 6500001
4: Base Package
5: With Navigation System
Canada model
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b
4: Base Package
e. Check Digit
f. Model Year a. Transmission Type
X: 1999 B7VA: 4-speed Automatic
g. Factory Code b. Serial Number
A: Marysville, Ohio Factory in U.S.A.
h. Serial Number Paint Code
US model: 000001-
Canada model: 800001- Code Color US model Canada
model
B-93P Monterey Blue Pearl 0 0
G-87P Dark Emerald Pearl 0 0
G-91M Laguna Metallic 0 0
NH-578 Taffeta White 0 0
NH-592 Flamenco Black Pearl 0 0
NH-603P White Diamond Pearl 0 0
NH-623M Satin Silver Metallic 0 0
R-507P Firepepper Pearl 0 0
YR-508M Heather Mist Met1!IILc -
0 0
0: indicates applicable

COLOR LABEL
ExamDle:
Vehicle Identification Number
and Federal Motor Vehicle INT. COLOR
Safety Standard Certification. TYPEF
Vehicle Identification Number EXT. COLOR
and Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard Certification. r---I-I YR-50SM
A5XSOKA
Paint Code

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Chassis and Paint Codes - 2000 Model
Vehicle Identification Number Engine Number

19U UA5 6 4 * V A 000001 J32A 1 - 2000001

II111III
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a. Manufacturer, Make and Type of Vehicle a. Engine Type


19U: HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC., U.S.A. J32A 1: 3.2 ~ SOHC VTEC Sequential Multiport
ACURA Passenger vehicle Fuel-injected engine
b. Line, Body and Engine Type b. Serial Number
UA5: ACURA 3.2TLJJ32A 1
c. Body Type and Transmission Type Transmission Number
6: 4-door Sedan/S-speed Automatic
d. Vehicle Grade (Series)
US model M7WA - 1000001
4: Base Package
S: With Navigation System
Canada model
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8
4: Base Package
e. Check Digit
f. Model Vear a. Transmission Type
Y: 2000 M7WA: 5-speed Automatic
g. Factory Code b. Serial Number
A: Marysville, Ohio Factory in U.S.A.
h. Serial Number Paint Code
US model: 000001-
Canada model: 800001- Code Color US model Canada
model
B-92P Nighthawk Black Pearl 0 0
B-93P Monterey Blue Pearl 0 0
G-87P bark Emerald Pearl 0
G-91M ~aguna Metallic 0 0
NH-S78 ;Taffeta White 0
NH-603P ~hite Diamond Pearl 0 0
NH-623M Satin Silver Metallic 0 0
R-S07P !rirepepper Pearl 0 0
YR-S24M Naples Gold Metallic 0 0
0: indicates applicable

COLOR LABEL
Exam Ie:
INT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number TYPEF
and Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard Certification. EXT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number .---+-VR-50SM
and Canadian Motor Vehicle A5YSOKA
Safety Standard Certification. Paint Code

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General Information

Chassis and Paint Codes - 2001 Model


Vehicle Identification Number Engine Number

19U UA5 6 6 * 1 A 000001 J32A 1 - 3400001

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b

a. Manufacturer, Make and Type of Vehicle a. Engine Type


19U: HONDA OF AMERICA MFG ., INC., U.S.A. J32A 1: 3.2 SOHC VTEC Sequential Multiport
ACURA Passenger vehicle Fuel-injected engine
b. Line, Body and Engine Type b. Serial Number
UA5: ACURA 3.2TLJJ32A 1
c. Body Type and Transmission Type Transmission Number
6: 4-door Sedan/S-speed Automatic
d. Vehicle Grade (Series)
US model B7WA - 8000001
6: With Sunroof
7: With Navigation System
Canada model
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b
6: With Sunroof
e. Check Digit
f. Model Vear a. Transmission Type
1:2001 B7WA: S-speed Automatic
g. Factory Code b. Serial Number
A: Marysville, Ohio Factory in U.S.A.
h. Serial Number Paint Code
US model: 000001-
Canada model: 800001- Code Color US model Canada
model
B-92P NiQhthawk Black Pearl 0 C
B-93P Monterey Blue Pearl 0 C_
~-87P Dark Emerald Pearl 0
G-91M Laguna Metallic 0 U
NH-S78 Taffeta Wh ite 0
NH-603P White Diamond Pearl 0 0
NH-623M Satin Silver Metallic 0 0
R-S07P Firepe(!Qer Pearl 0 0
YR-S24M Naples Gold Metallic 0 0
0: indicates applicable

COLOR LABEL
Ex.mDIe:
INT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number TVPEF
and Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard Certification. EXT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number .---+-1 VR-50SM
and Canadian Motor Vehicle A51S0KA
Safety Standard Certification. P.intCoda

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Chassis and Paint Codes - 2002 Model

Vehicle Identification Number En ine Number

19U UA5 6 6 * 2 A 000001 J32A1 - 4400001

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a. Manufacturer, Make and Type of Vehicle a. Engine Type


19U: HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC., U.S.A. J32A 1: 3.2 SOHC VTEC Sequential Multipart
ACURA Passenger vehicle Fuel-injected, 225HP engine
b. Line, Body and Engine Type J32A2: 3.2 SOHC VTEC Sequential Multipart
UA5: ACURA 3.2TLJJ32A 1, J32A2 Fuel-injected, 260HP engine
c. Body Type and Transmission Type b. Serial Number
6: 4-door Sedan/5-speed Automatic J32A 1: 4400001 -
d. Vehicle Grade (Series) J32A2: 1300001-
US model
6: Premium with sunroof Transmission Number
7: Prem ium with Navigation System
8: Type-S B7WA - 9000001
9: Type-S with Navigation System
Canada model
6: Premium
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8: Type-S
e. Check Digit
f. Model Year a. Transmission Type
2:2002 B7WA: 5-speed Automatic
g. Factory Code b. Serial Number
A: Marysville, Ohio Factory in U.S.A.
h. Serial Number Paint Code
US model: 000001- Code Color US model lCanada mode
Canada model: 800001- Premium lTvOe-S Premium Irvpe-S
B-92P Niahthawk Black Pearl 0 0 0 0
J3-96P I:ternal Blue Pearl 0
B-504P ~eaean Blue Pearl 0
G-87P Park Emerald Pearl 0
G-508P Noble Green Pearl 0 0 0 0
NH-603P White Diamond Pearl 0 0 0
NH-623M lSatin Silver Metallic 0 0 0 0
NH-643M ~nthracite Metallic 0 0
~-507P irepepper Pearl 0 0
f{R-524M Naoles Gold Metallic 0 0 0
0 : indicates applicable.

COLOR LABEL
Vehicle Iclentificetion Number and Federal Ex.mpl.:
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Certificetion. INT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number and Canadian TVPEF
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Certificetion. EXT. COLOR
R507P
A52SOKA
P.intCode

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General Information

Chassis and Paint Codes - 2003 Model


Vehicle Identification Number Engine Number

19U UA5 6 6 * 3 A 000001 J32A1 - 5400001

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b

a. Manufacturer, Make and Type of Vehicle a. Engine Type


19U: HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC., U.S.A. J32A 1: 3.2 Ll, SOHC VTEC Sequential Multiport
ACURA Passenger vehicle Fuel-injected, 225HP engine
b. Line, Body and Engine Type J32A2: 3.2 Ll, SOHC VTEC Sequential Multiport
UA5: ACURA 3.2TL/J32A 1, J32A2 Fuel-injected, 260HP engine
c. Body Type and Transmission Type b. Serial Number
6: 4-door Sedan/5-speed Automatic J32A1: 5400001-
d. Vehicle Grade (Series) J32A2: 2300001 -
US model
6: Premium with sunroof Transmission Number
7: Premium with Navigation System
8: Type-S B7WA - 5000001
9: Type-S with Navigation System
Canada model
6: Premium
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b
8: Type-S
e. Check Digit
f. Model Year a. Transmission Type
3:2003 87WA: 5-speed Automatic
g. Factory Code b. Serial Number
A: Marysville, Ohio Factory in U .S.A.
h. Serial Number Paint Code
US model: 000001 - Code Color US model ~anada model
Canada model: 800001- Premium Type-S Premium rrype-S
B-92P Nighthawk Black Pearl 0 0 0 0
a-96P ternal Blue Pearl 0 0
B-504P Aegean Blue Pearl 0
~-508P Noble Green Pearl 0
NH-603P White Diamond Pearl 0 0 0
NH-623M Satin Silver Metallic 0 0 0 0
NH-643M Anthracite Metallic 0 0 0 0
B-507P irejlepper Pearl 0 0
VR-524M Naples Gold Metallic 0 0 0
0 : indicates applicable.

COLOR LABEL
Example:
Vehicle Identification Number and Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Certification. INT. COLOR
Vehicle Identification Number and Canadian TYPEF
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Certification. EXT. COLOR
r--+-I R-507P
A53S0KA
Paint Code

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Engine Electrical

Engine Electrical
Special Tools ................................................................. 4-2

Starting System
Component Location Index ......................................... 4-3
Circuit Diagram ............................................................. 4-4
Starter Circuit Troubleshooting .................................. 4-5
Starter Solenoid Test ................................................... 4-6
Starter Performance Test ............................................. 4-7
Starter Replacement .................................................... 4-8
Starter Overhaul ........................................................... 4-9

Ignition System
Component Location Index ......................................... 4-14
Circuit Diagram ............................................................. 4-15
Ignition Timing Inspection ........................................... 4-16
Spark Plug Inspection .................................................. 4-17

Charging System
Component Location Index ......................................... 4-18
Circuit Diagram ............................................................. 4-19
Charging Circuit Troubleshooting .............................. 4-20
Alternator-Compressor Belt
Inspection and Replacement ..................................... 4-23
Alternator Replacement ............................................... 4-23
Auto-Tensioner Inspection/Replacement .................. 4-24
Alternator Overhaul ..................................................... 4-27

Cruise Control
Component Location Index ......................................... 4-33
Circuit Diagram ............................................................. 4-34
Symptom Troubleshooting Index ............................... 4-35
Cruise Control Communication Circuit
Troubleshooting ...................................................... '" 4-37
Control Unit Input Test ................................................. 4-38
Brake Pedal Position Switch Test ................................ 4-40
Main Switch Test/Replacement .................................. 4-40
Set/Resume/Cancel Switch Test/Replacement .......... 4-41
Actuator Test ................................................................. 4-42
Actuator/Cable Replacement ....................................... 4-43
Actuator Cable Adjustment ......................................... 4-44

Engine Mount Control System


Component Location Index ......................................... 4-45
Circuit Diagram ............................................................. 4-46
Troubleshooting ........................................................... 4-47
Engine Electrical

Special Tools

Number Tool Number Description Oty


CD A973X-041-XXXXX Vacuum Pump/Gauge, 0-30 in.Hg 1
077 46-00 10400 Attachment, 52 x 55 mm 1
077 49-00 10000 Driver 1

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Starting System I.:!:!..I
Component Location Index

DRIVER'S UNDER-DASH
FUSE/RELAY BOX (BACK SIDE)

AfT GEAR POSITION SWITCH ('99 model)


STARTER Test, page 14-144
Starter Circuit Troubleshooting, page 4-5 Replacement, page 14-145
Solenoid Test, page 4-6 TRANSMISSION RANGE SWITCH ('00-03 model)
Performance Test, page 4-7 Test, page 14-383
Replacement, page 4-8 Replacement, page 14-384
Overhaul, page 4-9
BATTERY

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Starting System

Circuit Diagram

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BATTERY , W
UNDER-HOODFIJS(IRELAYBOX

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BAT
ST

ST HOT in START ,II

BlK/WHT

~:- -- - - - - - --- --- STARTER


CUT
RElAY
I DRIVER'S
UNDER-DASH
F\JSEJRELAYBOX

No.1317.5A1

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BU<LRED WHT1RED

PCM
PGM-R TRANSMISSION RANGE
MAIN RELAY SWITOI
( 00Hd : (lJ1~[NJ
position
)

BlK/WHT

B I S

~[- ~
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M I SOLENOIl

STARTER

--- Gl0l

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Starter Circuit Troubleshooting

NOTE: 4. Check the battery condition. Check electrical


Air temperature must be between 59 and 100F (15 connections at the battery, the negative battery
and 38C) during this procedure. cable to body, the engine ground cables and the
After this test, or any subsequent repair, reset the starter for looseness and corrosion. Then try
powertrain control module (PCM) to clear any codes starting the engine again.
(see page 11-4).
The battery must be installed in good condition and Did the starter crank the engine?
fully charged.
YES- Repairing the loose connection repaired the
Recommended Procedure: problem. The starting system is OK.
Use a starter system tester.
Connect and operate the equipment in accordance NO-Go to step 5.
with the manufacturer's instructions.
5. Make sure the transmission is in Park or Neutral,
Alternate Procedure then disconnect the BLK/WHT wire (A) from the
starter solenoid (8). Connect a jumper wire from
1. Hook up the following equipment: the battery positive terminal to the solenoid
terminal.
Ammeter, 0-400 A B
Voltmeter, 0- 20 V (accurate within 0.1 volt)
Tachometer, 0-1200 rpm

Did the starter crank the engine?

2. Remove the No.1 FUEL PUMP (15A) fuse from the YES-Go to step 6.
driver's under-dash fuse/relay box.
NO - Remove the starter and repair or replace as
3. With the shift lever in Park or Neutral, turn the necessary.
ignition switch to start (Iff).
6. Check the following items in the order listed until
Did the starter crank the engine normally? you find the open circuit.

YES - The starting system is OK. Check the BLK/WHT wire and connectors
between the driver's under-dash fuse/relay box
NO- If the starter wifl not crank the engine at all, go and the ignition switch, and between the driver's
to step 4. If it cranks the engine erratically or too under-dash fuse/relay box and the starter.
slowly, go to step 7. If it won't disengage from the Check the ignition switch (see page 22-191).
torque converter ring gear when you release the Check the AfT gear position switch ('99 model)/
key, check for the following until you find the cause. transmission range switch ('00-03 models) and
connector.
Solenoid plunger and switch malfunction Check the starter cut relay .
Dirty drive gear or damaged overrunning clutch.

(cont'd)

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Starting System

Starter Circuit Troubleshooting Starter Solenoid Test


(cont'd)
1. Check the hold-in coil for continuity between the S
terminal (A) and the armature housing (ground).
7. Check engine speed while cranking the engine. There should be continuity.

Is engine speed above 100 rpm? If there is continuity, go to step 2.


If there is no continuity, replace the solenoid.
YES - Go to step 8. A

NO-Replace the starter, or remove and


disassemble it, and check for the following until
you find the cause .

Excessively worn starter brushes


Open circuit in commutator brushes
Dirty or damaged helical spline or drive gear
Faulty drive gear clutch

8. Check the cranking voltage and current draw.

Is cranking voltage greater than or equal to 8.5 V,


and current draw less than or equal to 380A?

YES-Go to step 9.
2. Check the pull-in coil for continuity between the S
NO - Replace the starter, or remove and terminal (A) and M terminal (B). There should be
disassemble it, and check for the following until continuity.
you find the cause.
Ifthere is continuity, the solenoid is OK.
Open circuit in starter armature commutator If there is no continuity, replace the solenoid.
segments
Starter armature dragging
Shorted armature winding
Excessive drag in engine

9. Remove the starter and inspect its drive gear and


the torque converter ring gear for damage. Replace
any damaged parts .

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Starter Performance Test

1. Disconnect the wires from the S terminal and the M 5. Disconnect the battery from the body. If the pinion
terminal. retracts immediately, it is working properly.

2. Make a connections as described below using as


heavy a wire as possible (preferably equivalent to s
the wire used for the vehicle). To avoid damaging
the starter, never leave the battery connected for
more than 10 seconds. 12V
BATTERY
3. Connect the battery as shown. Be sure to
disconnect the starter motor wire from the solenoid.
If the starter pinion moves out, it is working
properly.

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6. Remove the starter (see page 4-8).
12V
BATTERY 7. Clamp the starter firmly in a vise.

8. Connect the starter to the battery as described in


the diagram below, and confirm that the motor
starts and keeps rotating.

4. Disconnectthe battery from the M terminal. If the


pinion does not retract, the hold-in coil of the
solenoid is working properly.

M s

12V
BATTERY 12V
BATTERY

9. If the electric current and motor speed meet the


specifications when the battery voltage is at 11.5 V,
the starter is working properly.

Specifications:

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Starting System

Starter Replacer-nent

1. Make sure you have the anti-theft codes for the 6. Install in the reverse order of removal. Make sure
radio and the navigation system, then write down the crimped side of the ring terminal is facing out.
the frequencies for the radio's preset buttons.

2. Disconnect the battery negative cable, then


disconnect the positive cable.

3. Remove the ATF cooler hose from the clamp on the


starter motor ('99-01 models).

4. Disconnect the starter cable (A) from the B terminal


on the solenoid, then disconnect the BLK/WHT wire
(B) from the 5 terminal.
C
10x 1.25 mm
44 Nm 14.5 kgfm, 33 Ibfftl
B
7. Connect the battery positive cable and negative
cable to the battery.

A 8. Start the engine to make sure the starter works


properly.

9. Enter the anti-theft codes for the radio and the


navigation system, then enter the customer's radio
station presets.

\ 10. Perform the powertrain control module (PCM) idle


learn procedure (see page 11-158).

11. Perform the power window control unit reset


8x 1.25mm procedure ('02-03 models) (see page 22-308).

c~
9 Nm 10.9 kgfm,
7lbfftl

12x 1.25 mm
64 Nm 16.5 kgfm, 47 Ibfftl
5. Remove the two bolts (C) holding the starter, then
remove the starter.

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Starter Overhaul

Disassem bly/Reassembly

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BRUSH HOLDER

BRUSH ARMATURE HOUSING

ARMATURE

NUT ' ......m. 7Ibf.ft}

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DISULFIDE NT~_

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MOLYBDENUM
DISULFIDE

SOLENOID LEVER

GEAR HOUSING OVERRUNA~~~~BLY


CLUTCH

(cant'd)

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Starting System

Starter Overhaul (cont'd)

1. Remove the starter (see page 4-8). S. Check the commutator diameter. If the diameter is
below the service limit, replace the armature.
2. Disassemble the starter as shown at the beginning
of this procedure. Commutator Diameter
Standard (New): 28.0-28.1 mm (1.102-1.106 in.)
Armature Inspection and Test Service Limit: 27.5 mm (1.083 in.)

3. Inspect the armature for wear or damage from


contact with the permanent magnet. If there is wear
or damage, replace the armature.

6. Measure the commutator runout .

If the commutator runout is within the service


limit, check the commutator for carbon dust or
4. Check the commutator (A) surface. If the surface is brass chips between the segments.
dirty or burnt, resurface with emery cloth or a lathe If the commutator runout is not within the service
within the following specifications, or recondition limit, replace the armature.
with # soo or # 600 sandpaper (B).
Commutator Runout
Standard (New): 0.02 mm (0.001 in.) max.
Service Limit: 0.05 mm (0.002 in.)

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7. Check the mica depth (A). Ifthe mica is too high (B), 9. Place the armature (A) on an armature tester (B).
undercut the mica with a hacksaw blade to the Hold a hacksaw blade (C) on the armature core.
proper depth. Cut away all the mica (C) between If the blade is attracted to the core or vibrates while
the commutator segments. The undercut should the core is turned, the armature is shorted. Replace
not be too shallow, too narrow, or V-shaped (D). the armature.

Commutator Mica Depth B c


Standard (New): 0.4-0.5 mm (0.016-0.020 in.)
Service Limit: 0.15 mm (0.006 in.)

10. Check with an ohmmeter that no continuity exists


8. Check for continuity between the segments of the between the commutator (A) and armature coil
commutator. If an open circuit exists between any core (B), and between the commutator and
segments, replace the armature. armature shaft (C). If continuity exists, replace the
armature.

(cont'd)

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Starting System

Starter Overhaul (cont'd)

Starter Brush Inspection Starter Brush Holder Test

11. Measure the brush length. If it is not within the 12. Check that there is no continuity between the (+)
service limit, replace the brush holder assembly. brush holder (A) and (- ) brush holder (8). If there
is continuity, replace the brush holder assembly.
Brush Length
Standard (New): 15.8-16.2 mm (0.62-0.64 in.) B

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Service Limit: 11.0 mm (0.43 in.)

Brush Spring Inspection

13. Insert the brush (A) into the brush holder, and bring
the brush into contact with the commutator, then
attach a spring scale (8) to the spring (C). Measure
the spring tension at the moment the spring lifts off
the brush. If the spring tension is not within
specification, replace the spring.

Spring Tension:
15.7-17.7 N (1.6-1.8 kgf, 3.53-3.97Ibf)

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14. Pry back each brush spring with a screwdriver, then Overrunning Clutch Inspection
position the brush about halfway out of its holder,
and release the spring to hold it there. 17. Slide the overrunning clutch along the shaft.
Replace it if it does not slide smoothly.
NOTE: To seat new brushes, slip a strip of # 500 or
#600 sandpaper, with the grit side up, between the 18. Rotate the overrunning clutch (A) both ways. If it
commutator and each brush, and smoothly rotate does not lock in either direction or it locks in both
the armature. The contact surface of the brushes directions, replace it.
will be sanded to the same contour as the
commutator.

15. Install the armature in the housing. Next, pry back


each brush spring again, and push the brush down
until it seats against the commutator, then release
the spring against the end of the brush.

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19. If the starter drive gear (B) is worn or damaged,
replace the overrunning clutch assembly; the gear
is not available separately.

Check the condition of the torque converter ring


gear to see if the starter drive gear teeth are
damaged.

16. Install the starter end cover (A) to retain the brush 20. Reassemble the starter in the reverse order of
holder (B). disassembly.

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Ignition System

Component Location Index

IGNITION COIL
SPARK PLUG
Inspection, page 4-17

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